Meet the Chief
Jim Schneider is currently fire chief for the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority and has served in that position since April 2002. Chief Schneider is the chief executive officer and general manager of the Fire Department. He is responsible for overall direction, planning, budgeting, organization, staffing, and coordination of administrative and technical activities of the department.
For eight years prior to joining Puget Sound Fire, Chief Schneider was Fire Chief in Clovis, California. For 21 years prior to that, he was a member of the fire department in Eugene, Oregon. While there, he held every rank within the department, up to Assistant Chief, which was the rank he held when he left to become Fire Chief for the City of Clovis.
Chief Schneider is a member of the Washington Fire Chief’s Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Oregon. Chief Schneider was chosen as 2010 Citizen of the Year for the City of Covington.
The Chief and his wife Kathy live in Covington, Washington. They have two grown sons who reside in Eugene, Oregon.
Paying It Forward message from Chief Schneider.